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Yamaha MD-BT01 Bluetooth Wireless MIDI Interface Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Phil Selman

    When I began writing an article on producing electronic music in iOS, I wanted a good MIDI controller to go with it. It couldn't hog the Lightning port so I needed a Bluetooth model. All I had was an old 2007 Edirol PCR-30o, and I was reluctant to invest in a new keyboard just for this project. Then I stumbled onto the Yamaha MD-BT01 and everything came together.

    This little gem runs on the low-voltage power supplied by my controller's 5-pin MIDI. It won't work with devices that only use three pins, but those are rare. I got lucky, and when I plugged in my MD-BT01, the lights came on right away. The only frustration I experienced was that the MD-BT01 it didn't show up in any of my synth apps. Even that didn't take me long to sort out.

    As it turns out, both of my go-to platforms (Steinberg Cubasis and Korg Gadget) are native Bluetooth hosts. Before I figured that out, I found Midimtr, which is a free standalone Bluetooth MIDI host. Once detected, my controller functioned just like any other iOS-compatible keyboard. Since Bluetooth is a far faster protocol than 8-bit MIDI (established c. 1981), there's no lag that I can detect.

    In the end, I bought a second MD-BT01 for my even older Yamaha P-250 piano. Like all old Yamaha pianos, the P-250 is finicky about MIDI. That makes daisy-chaining keyboards a real pain, but it didn't slow down the MD-BT01. I had no problems connecting a second MD-BT01 to iOS either, and both work well at the same time.

    Next to sorting out iOS MIDI and audio routing, setting up my controllers was a breeze. In fact, it worked so well that this workstation has become my main music-production rig.

  • from Los Angeles February 24, 2017

    Yamaha MD-BT01 Bluetooth wireless MIDI

    This bluetooth wireless MIDI is amazing. Fast and very easy to pair it with Mac and iOS device no problem at all. Works flawlessly, no more long cables.

  • from Los Angeles October 1, 2016

    Use the correct Yamaha wireless adapter!

    The previous review was possibly misleading to consumers as he was using the wrong Yamaha wireless adapter. Yamaha makes another adapter called the UD-BT01 which is the correct one for his application with the Novation controller. The MD-BT01 was not getting power from the midi connectors on the Novation, but was getting it from the Axiom rack unit. According to the Midi Solutions website, the Impluse does not supply power to it's midi ports. The Yamaha UD-BT01 however gets power from connecting a USB power supply, so it will work with the Implulse controllers. Also it plugs into the USB midi port of the controller. (Note: The lights on the MB-BT01 should flash when you turn on your keyboard, showing it's getting power.) Use the MD-BT01 with rack synths, modules, synthesizers and pianos keyboards to control from your Apple device. Great item!

  • from Newport News, VA December 30, 2016Music Background:
    Hobbyist, singer-songwriter. Gigging musician.

    Just Worked!

    Yes they are longer than the Quicco Sound mi.1, but they work perfectly! Using 2 of these devices with my Setlistmaker App by Arlo Media and a TC Helicon Voicelive 3 and LIne 6 Helix. The utility app by Yamaha is nothing special, I read somewhere, not to update the firmware on these which the utility will allow, but the utility does let you rename them so you can customize their identification when connecting via Bluetooth. iPad can now be powered full time! Pretty slick!

  • from Indiana September 7, 2016

    Awesome, but...

    It is an amazing idea and it worked with my very old Axiom 49. It powered right up. But I recently picked up a Novation Impulse 61 and it wouldn't even respond to it.

    With the Axiom there was very low latency and seemed to work very well. I just can't use it if it doesn't work with my Impulse.

    So I'm shipping it back, unfortunately. :/

    Maybe in the future! :)

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